Sterling Athletes Team
Climbing is my main passion but I have other great interests such as cinema, reading, writing, photography, architecture.
I try to do what I like, but I can (too) easily change my mind of what I like. I try to have an ecological behavior. When the motivation is here, I don't have any problem with working ! It's all in your mind...
How did you get started climbing ?
At school (sport lessons)
How old were you when you started ?
Who or what inspired you to start climbing?
Jean-Minh Trinh Thieu
And some great climbers I've never meet (only by books) : Wolfgang Güllich, Jerry Moffat, Jibé Tribout, Ben Moon, Didier Raboutou
Also some friends for their great motivation : Seb Hemery, Cathy Wagner, Olivier Froideval, Thomas Leleu, Pierre Bollinger
And the beauty of rock
Who served as your inspiration in life?
Many people : climbers of course, friends, family, teachers...
What was your first outdoor climb?
A small granite crag (in Vosges mountains, not far from where I'm from) called "La Rothlach"
Any training advice or suggestions?
Be motivated. And everything will be easier
If you could have 1 superpower what would it be?
A third arm
If you could have 3 wishes, what would they be? (no wishing for more wishes)
I wish I could climb and love climbing all my life
Having kids with such a great passion
Life could be longer
What was your favorite childhood cartoon?
Bambi (1942' Disney animated film)
Shameless self-promotion – website, blog, facebook, twitter, myspace, youtube,. (list only ones you want public to see)
SHORT TERM PERSONAL GOALS:
Leaving my job for climbing, making a movie and writing articles
Tick List – Most Proud of Achievements: Dédale (5.14b) Total Brutal (5.14a) Le Cosmos (5.14a) and Vortex (5.14a) Some nice first ascents (5.12d to 5.13b) I’ve made this year Kathedral (5.12d, trad/bolted, awesome and sustained) L’art (ex first 5.14b of Alsace, now 5.13d) Dao Xiang (my first 5.14 route) Le Théâtre du Nô (my first 5.13d route)
Tick List – Most Proud of Achievements:
Total Brutal (5.14a)
Le Cosmos (5.14a) and Vortex (5.14a)
Some nice first ascents (5.12d to 5.13b) I’ve made this year
Kathedral (5.12d, trad/bolted, awesome and sustained)
L’art (ex first 5.14b of Alsace, now 5.13d)
Dao Xiang (my first 5.14 route)
Le Théâtre du Nô (my first 5.13d route)
LONG TERM CLIMBING GOALS:
Trying to be a more complete climber (big wall, trad, crack, not only sport climbing)
LONG TERM PERSONAL GOALS:
To improve my human abilities, to improve my climbing ability
Having a job where I can light up
Continue my film making activity
List at least 5 reasons why you like Sterling Rope
1: The best ropes !
2: Good relationship with the company, especially with Paul Niland
3: Good marketing
4: Nice climbers in the Sterling team
5: Their willingness to develop into the French market
List some areas where Sterling Rope can improve? New product ideas?
Developing a French website/blog
A better developement the brand on French (and German ?!) market
Being more present in French climbing shops/resellers
Having a more complete range of products
Developing some “goodies” which are good marketing products such as hat, chalk bag…
In your experience with other climbing company’s list some things you felt were
Positive: good web communication on the brand and the sponsored climbers
Negative: old website, no new products, quality problems on products
Write a short story on a recent climbing adventure: having broken at least 10 holds in a recent first ascent of a route here in Alsace (around 5.13a) !
The last book you read? Camp IV (Steve Roper), brilliant book !
Your favorite book/story? The next one…
Your favorite bands? Too many…
List 5 favorite movies?
Almost all the movies from the French Eric Rohmer, Jean Eustache
Your favorite types of music?
No favorite types of music except I just hate the commercial shit branding on most of the radios.
Other sports/activities you like to do? (other than climb) Basket ball
What do you feel is you best accomplishment (other than climbing)? I’m not the good person to answer to this question
Your favorite beverages? Coffee
One favorite personal quote? “Les raisonnables ont duré, les passionnés ont vécu.” (Chamfort). Meaning something like : The reasonable people have lasted, the passionate persons have lived”
What do you want to do in the next 5 years? Climbing, filming, traveling, writing
Where do you want to be 5 years from now? I do not know, and I prefer not to know
Blowjob 10- [ 8a], Frankenjura, Allemagne
Florent Wolff USA Trip
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